Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusiveness encompasses acceptance of individual uniqueness, and respect and recognition of the differences and similarities in our community irrespective of race, ethnicity, physical ability, income, age, education, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or politics. We come from rich and varied backgrounds. Together we can build a strong Adelaide Hills community that reflects our shared values, interests, and needs.

Aboriginal culture
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Disability Action Plan
Positive Ageing
LGBTQI Community

Aboriginal culture
Adelaide Hills Council and Mount Barker District Council are committed to working in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of our community to develop and progress Reconciliation Action Plans.

We have recently formed a Reconciliation Working Group to advise on reconciliation at a regional level encompassing both of our Council districts. We are working together because:

  • The 'Adelaide Hills' is widely recognised as a region;
  • This approach fosters a sharing of learnings, initiatives, and resources for the region;
  • This approach offers the opportunity to develop a cohesive approach to how reconciliation is addressed across the region.

Under the Terms of Reference the role of the Working Group will be to assist with the implementation and further development of Reconciliation Action Plans and advise on matters that impact the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Click here to download the Terms of Reference for this Working Group

For more information please contact Lynne Griffiths, Community and Cultural Development Officer
8408 0552 | lgriffiths@ahc.sa.gov.au


Adelaide Hills Council acknowledges that we undertake our business on the land of the Peramangk and Kaurna Nations. We acknowledge their deeply spiritual connection with Country and we pay our respect to Elders past, present and future as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.

We are committed to working together to ensure that Peramangk and Kaurna culture and traditions are preserved and valued. Together we will care for this country for the generations to come.

Click here for more information about Welcome to Country, Acknowledgement of Country, and Reconciliation (opens in new tab).
Click here to read our Reconciliation Action Plan (opens in new tab).


On 18 June 2015 the Adelaide Hills Council declared itself a Refugee Welcome Zone. This is an initiative of the Refugee Council of Australia and is defined as “a Local Government area which has made a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into the community, upholding the human rights of refugees, demonstrating compassion for refugees, and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in the community.”

Click here to read the report leading to this decision (opens in new tab).
Click here to read our Multiculturalism Action Plan (opens in new tab).

Disability Action Plan
We are currently working on updating our Disability Action Plan to be relevant to our community.


We are currently working on a Youth Action Plan relevant to our community.

Click here to be redirected to our Youth webpage.

Positive Ageing

We are committed to supporting eligible older residents to maintain their independence in their home and community. Assistance may be provided by staff, contractors or volunteers. The services are funded by Council, the State and Federal Governments, and client contributions from residents who are receiving services.

Click here to download a copy of our Age Friendly Community Strategic Plan (opens in new tab).
Click here to be redirected to our Seniors webpage.

LGBTQI Community
In 2015 Adelaide Hills Council adopted a new Flags Policy, which specifies an allowance for Council to fly the Rainbow Flag in support of events such as FEAST Festival and the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia; occasions promoting social cohesion and inclusion in our community.

Click here to download a copy of our Flags Policy (opens in new tab).